Monday, 31 August 2015

Sex and the City

Today was supposed to be all about day 3 of LIMF, but, well, it didn't happen. We were going to go about 4.30pm but by that time it was raining and we all felt really drained. I woke up this morning not feeling too great mentally, which is the first time in a few weeks, so I had really low energy all day - it took me an hour just to psych myself up to go to The Co-op to buy some toilet rolls. By the time I dragged myself to the shop I decided to buy some chocolate to help cheer myself up (and sugar is good for an energy boost, right?), so my sister and I had an afternoon spent on the sofa watching Sex and the City whilst pigging out. Sometimes that is actually what you really, really need.

I feel a lot better this evening, albeit really tired. I'm also really missing my family at the moment after spending so much time with them, so I'm finding that hard. It is our first day back as fourth year medics tomorrow (!!!) so I'm getting an early night and hoping that I wake up a bit fresher tomorrow morning. Wish me luck!
I realised this week that I just cannot do it all. So I will choose to do what I can, fabulously.
                          - Clinton Kelly

Sunday, 30 August 2015

LIMF day 2

Just to pre-warn you: the photos in this post are not going to be that great because they are either taken with my phone or my awful ancient digital camera!

This morning we decided to go to The Tavern Co for breakfast (you kind of have to when you're in Liverpool), which I have mentioned on here many times before. My friend Maya and I decided to share the banana and toffee pancakes, and the Nutella and strawberry pancakes. They were both so delicious, but I still don't think they beat the blueberry pancakes that I'd usually go for! I also had some doorstop toast because that's also really good, with some fresh orange juice to wash it all down.

This evening we once again went to Sefton Park for our second round of LIMF. We got there just as Katy B finished her set and the next act wasn't due on for another half an hour, so we decided to go on some of the rides.

They cost £3 each which I thought was a little steep, but I guess that is to be expected at a festival. We went on the Twister first (pictured below), where I proceeded to squish my sister. Afterwards we went on the dodgems which was so much fun - we couldn't stop giggling the whole way round and I came off feeling slightly dizzy and sick. I love going on funfair rides and feeling like a little kid again.

Top - Forever 21 (Old)
Leather Jacket - H&M
Jeans - Topshop
Headscarf - Primark
Trainers - Liverpool St John's Centre

It was a little chillier tonight than yesterday, so I decided to put on my good old jeans and throw a leather jacket over the top for a more rock 'n' roll kinda vibe.

By the time we had finished on the rides, Labrinth was about to come on the stage, so we scrambled into the crowd of thousands to get a fairly decent view. He sung most of his more famous songs, like Let the Sunshine, Earthquake, Beneath You're Beautiful and Jealous, as well as his new single Slipstream (which is actually really catchy). He really got the crowd going and was such a good singer - I didn't realise how amazing he would be live. As it started getting darker he asked everyone to get out their phones, which looked incredible (you can see a video of that here), and really got the crowd into a party mood by asking us to sing along. I actually think it's the best gig I've ever been to as I enjoyed myself so much!

The sun set into a beautiful pink sky and I actually think it was the most perfect evening ever. I had such a good time and can't wait to go again tomorrow! The organisers of LIMF have done such a good job, especially considering that the whole thing is completely free to the public. I would definitely recommend a visit if it is on again in 2016.

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

LIMF day 1

After a day spent lazing around watching the first season of Sex and the City, me, my sister and housemates all ventured to Sefton Park for the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF). LIMF is the largest free festival in Europe and is on all this weekend for the public to enjoy. Tonight the main act was Basement Jaxx, who were really good entertainers - and the atmosphere was amazing. We're going back again tomorrow evening to watch acts such as Labrinth, Katy B and Alesha Dixon. There are also lots of food stalls and funfair rides there, so I'm going to make sure I take some cash with me!

Crop Top - Nike via Asos
Denim Shorts - New Look
Jacket - Vintage (Similar)
Trainers - Liverpool St John's Centre
Headband - Primark

I decided to go for the typical ripped denim shorts look, with my Nike crop top and a camouflage jacket over the top, in case it got a little cold, topped off with a boho-style headband.

When we got back home my sister and I decided to make some Nutella mug cakes, and boy were they good!

All we did was add 4 tablespoons of Nutella into a mug, crack an egg on top and stir it with a fork, and then microwave it for 90 seconds. It literally takes no time at all to make and is surprisingly delicious, despite the lack of ingredients. I guess it's just chocolate scrambled egg really... Ugh, I'm not selling this, am I?! No really, do try it - you won't regret it.
Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you, for life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Portland Street 358

Portland St 358, Smithdown Road, Liverpool

Today I have travelled back to Liverpool (50/50 about how I feel about it - it's nice to be back but I'm kind of missing home and my family already!), so this evening my flatmates and I decided to go to Portland Street 358 for tea. We tried to book for around 6.30pm, but the only time they could fit us in was half 5 as they were so busy - so I would definitely recommend booking!

Portland Street 358 is situated on Smithdown Road in Liverpool and has the slogan, "It's not fast food, it's flavour, with flair". You can eat in or take away, and they serve food such as burgers, meat and flatbread - sort of normal fast food, with a twist. I decided to have the Eastern burger, made from chickpea and pepper, with their salt and pepper fries - both were delicious, especially the chips. Eva, one of my housemates, went for one of the 'bunny chow' meals, which is of South African origin and consists of hollowed bread with a filling, and that looked amazing - I would love to try the goats cheese one. The other thing I would like to try is their pizza fries; the table behind us had some and they looked like chips smothered in cheese and tomato sauce. Pizza + fries = best thing ever.

And of course, what's a meal out without pudding? The dessert menu was the main reason I chose to go to Portland Street (typical me, I often choose restaurants based on their puddings) - I had read a lot about their doughnut sandwich, two ring doughnuts with ice-cream and caramel sauce, so of course I had to try it. And it tasted as good as it sounds. Eva went for the cinnamon battered waffles which would have been my second choice, and they also looked amazing (and were the best waffles she'd ever had, apparently). There were a lot of sundaes on offer which were huge, and Portland Street also serve breakfast from 9.30am-2pm that also looks like it could be worth a try.

After a thoroughly filling meal, we all passed out into food comas, so decided to collapse onto the sofa and watch a film. We chose The Best of Me on Netflix and, oh my gosh, it's such a sad film! It actually had a really great storyline and was fairly unpredictable, but we kind of wanted something light-hearted and that it most definitely wasn't. But worth a watch if you're feeling up to it.

I hope you all had a lovely Friday!
The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Afternoon tea at Peckish

This morning we ventured to Ironbridge, a town in Shropshire situated on the River Severn, famous for the first iron bridge built across the river in 1779. We wandered around the little trinket shops and over the bridge, as the weather was so lovely today.

We found a shop called Moonshine and Fuggles, which sells different alcohol from all over the world - it was fun to see where all of the different ones were from.

Afterwards we went for afternoon tea at Peckish in Albrighton. It cost £10 each for a choice of unlimited tea (although I had hot chocolate because I'm not a typical British person...), plus a sandwich, 2 pieces of cake, and a scone, which I thought was really cheap for afternoon tea. The staff were all really friendly and attentive, and if you want to visit you should book beforehand so that they can make the scones fresh for you.

Peckish Cafe, 82 High Street, Albrighton, Wolverhampton

I had a feta, houmous and grated carrot ciabatta sandwich, which tasted amazing, and meant that I was almost full before I even touched a cake! The scones were still warm and were delicious with jam and cream. We were given coffee and walnut cake, lemon cake, beetroot and chocolate cake, date and toffee cake, and victoria sponge cake. My favourite was probably the coffee and walnut but all of them were great. I had a lovely afternoon there, chatting with Neala and my sister Katie, before heading to Telford and raiding Primark (oops).
If it's meant to be, it will be.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Paperchase stationery haul

Starting a new term at uni or school is always an excuse to buy new stationery, right? And where better than Paperchase to buy said stationery? I have picked up a few different bits over the last few weeks so I thought I would show you them on here - y'know, because everyone always needs a bit of stationery inspo.

I was actually given this lined notebook as a birthday present by my best friend and I absolutely love it. You all know how much of a sucker I am for quotes, and I like how it's hardback so it won't get scrunched up. I think I'm going to use this for hospital to make notes in! All of Paperchase's notebooks are beautiful - I have a couple of their hand-stitched notebooks which are some of my favourite.

These were also a present from Roxy - and highlighters are always so handy when making notes! I use them to highlight important bits of information, or titles, as I go through my work. They're good for exams too.

I needed a new popper wallet as my older ones are all broken and I use them to carry paper around instead of my huge folder, so I picked up this one with chips on as it's a bit more fun than the standard coloured wallets.

Raindrops List Pad

I think this has sold out on the Paperchase website, but it may still be in the stores - the website still has other list pads in different designs. I am hoping this will make me super organised for next year, as I can write notes and a tick list for bits of work that I need to complete (and probably a few blog post ideas!). I love how it has some sticky notes in the top left corner that can be used to stick to pieces of work, and the colours are just gorgeous. I especially love that the front has 'List Book' written in gold!

Folder with Stars

I also can't find this on the website, but I did buy it from the Shrewsbury store. It is a lever arch file with sparkly stars on the outside, and I'm planning to use it to store my notes in throughout the year.

I also bought a couple of non-photogenic boring, but essential, stationery bits like a pad of lined paper and some folder dividers. To be honest, I could have come home with the whole of Paperchase - their items are so beautiful and obviously  I need some doughnut-shaped post-it notes and a rubber in the shape of a sausage dog.

I have had a lovely day today - it was mostly spent tidying and watching TV, but this evening my friend Neala came down to see me from Liverpool for a few days. We're going for afternoon tea tomorrow, so watch out for the post on that!
There's no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.